The UCU union will ballot its members in universities for strikes over pay. The union served notice on the UCEA employers’ organisation on Tuesday of this week.
The decision followed four regional meetings held to gauge the mood for action.
Over 90 branches were represented in these meetings. They gave the union leadership a strong steer for action this year.
As one member put it, “Years of pay restraint have not delivered less casualisation, less pressure to work long hours or more job security”.
Delegates also linked the dispute to the fight against austerity. UCU members now have to go all out to win a strong vote for both strikes and action short of a strike.
The ballot will open on Wednesday of next week and close on 10 October.